Special Report: Africa’s Security Landscape

Special Report: Africa’s Security Landscape
With a number of African conflict zones in the spotlight recently, regional and global policymakers have increasingly turned their attention to the continent’s security landscape. In both long-standing conflict zones, such as Somalia and Central Africa, and emerging hot spots, like Mali and Nigeria, new developments and new actors have changed the features of African security. This World Politics Review special report examines conflict and security in Africa.

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Niger Braces for Regional Turbulence
By Alex Thurston
February 15, 2012

Mali’s Tuareg Rebellion Puts Region at Risk
By Peter Dörrie
March 14, 2012

Instability in Mali Complicates Regional Approach to AQIM
By Lesley Anne Warner
April 5, 2012

As Crisis Gathers, Northern Mali Needs More Than Just Military Intervention
By Peter Dörrie
June 14, 2012

Unrest in Mauritania Could Constrain Regional Security Role
By Alex Thurston
June 18, 2012


Kenya Gets Pro-Active on Somalia Militancy
By Brian Dabbs
October 17, 2011

For Kenya, the Threat of a Quagmire in Somalia
By Brian Dabbs
November 4, 2011

Israel Targets East Africa With Kenya Security Pact
By Brian Dabbs
November 28, 2011

Ethiopia Rejoining a Fight It Never Left in Somalia
By Guy Taylor
November 28, 2011

A Window of Opportunity for Somalia
By Brian Dabbs
March 1, 2012

South Sudan

South Sudan: Divided It Stands?
Maggie Fick
May 31, 2011

Lasting Solutions Elusive for South Sudan’s Militia Problem
By Lesley Anne Warner
March 12, 2012

South Sudan, U.N. Ill-Prepared to Contain Tribal Violence
By Catherine Cheney
January 10, 2012


Ntaganda Mutiny Shatters Tenuous Peace in Eastern Congo
By Jon Rosen
May 29, 2012

Unraveling Rwanda-DRC Accord Raises Tensions in Eastern Congo
By Catherine Cheney
June 28, 2012


Global Insider: Nigeria’s Rebel Groups
Interview with Jennifer Giroux
June 24, 2011

In Nigeria, Militancy Raises Specter of Civil War
By David Francis
October 12, 2011

An Evolving Boko Haram Requires Careful Response
By Catherine Cheney
January 26, 2012

Multilateral Security

Africa’s Layered Approach to Regional Crisis Management
By Gilbert M. Khadiagala
May 22, 2012

ECOWAS Targets West Africa’s Coups
By Alex Thurston
May 21, 2012

Global Insider: West Africa Cooperative Security Initiative
Interview with Boubacar N’Diaye
January 25, 2012

External Actors

Africom’s Interventionist Shift Risks Backlash
By Catherine Cheney
June 18, 2012

New Africom Brigade a Test Case for a Leaner Pentagon
By Lesley Anne Warner
June 5, 2012

EU Sends Police Trainers to Africa to Contain AQIM Threat
By Guy Taylor
December 9, 2011